Waterfall beauty on Michigan's Upper Peninsula | Midwest Living

Waterfall beauty on Michigan's Upper Peninsula

Dozens of waterfalls dot Michigan's Upper Peninsula, offering scenic rewards for hikers and walkers – especially in autumn.

Bond Falls closeup

Fall colors reflect in a closeup of Bond Falls.

Bond Falls

Bond Falls on the middle branch of the Ontonagon River ranks with the most photogenic attractions of the UP.

Bond Falls closeup

Fall colors reflect in a closeup of Bond Falls.

Black River Falls

A few miles west of Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park, the Black River National Forest Scenic Byway runs almost parallel to the Presque Isle River, with five major falls each a short hike from a roadside parking lot.

Black River hiking

Along the Black River near Gorge Falls, the water rushes through woods colored by autumn hues.

Cascade Falls reflections

Golden light reflects off the water at Cascade Falls.

Hike to Cascade Falls

Two trails lead to Cascade Falls on the west branch of the Ontonagon River. The Valley Trail is shorter and more convenient, while the Bluff Trail demands a more exhilarating climb for the serious hiker. A panorama of the wooded valley below justifies the exertion, allowing you to see for miles.

Close-up beauty

Fall leaves catch the sunlight on a log in the Ontanagon River.

Autumn path

Red leaves and yellow scatter along a hiking trail in Gogebic County, Michigan.

Mandido Falls

The rapids of Mandido Falls are one of the highlights of falls along the Presque Isle River in Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park.

Pebbles and leaves

A red leaf floats above a bed of pebbles near Bonanza Falls on the Big Iron River.

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